ASHLAND, Ky. — The special nature of the Ashland community was on bright display Monday night as 850,000 newly lit Christmas lights illuminated a chilly evening at Central Park.
The Opening Night Ceremony at the Central Park Bandstand was a night of celebration, of Christmas music and a time to come together for families, their kids and the community.
"Being with the family and enjoying a little bit of the Christmas spirit," said Clara Burton, who showed up to the park with her husband, Steven, and grandkids Blake, and Baylee Wilson, 10 and 4, to listen to Christmas music and see the big event of the night -- the illumination of the Christmas lights.
"Being with my grandkids, it's really good," she said.
Dianna Crowson attended the event with her granddaughter, Lily Schneider, 11. Caly Schneider, 5, was one of six beauty queens appearing on stage.
"We want to see her turn the lights on and enjoy the music," Crowson said.